About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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Weekly Go problems: Week 133


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are two vital points in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: These kinds of situations call for subtlety. Hard Go problem: The key point is unclear, but if you focus on the fundamentals you’ll get your bearings…

Weekly Go problems: Week 132


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are some things you can only get away with in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: When direct moves don’t work, you should think about offering a trade. Hard Go problem: Playing moves that are gote is fine, as long as you still make them count…

Weekly Go problems: Week 131


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to find two very useful tesuji, but first remember the basics. Intermediate Go problem: What’s the fastest way to reduce White’s liberties? Hard Go problem: The shape is a bit confusing, but if you’ve solved previous weeks’ problems you’ll be able to find the vital point.

Weekly Go problems: Week 130


And we’re back! Here are the weekly Go problems for week 130. Easy Go problem: There’s an eye bulging vital point in White’s shape. Intermediate Go problem: Try to anticipate how the capturing race will unfold before playing. Hard Go problem: Solving a ridiculous looking problem often requires a ridiculous looking move…

How to look after your Go board


Two of the most common questions we receive at Go Game Guru are “how do I get better at Go?” and “how should I look after my Go board?” We’ll cover the most important aspects of looking after a Go board in this article…

Is this terrible move a tesuji?


It’s a blunder… it’s a tesuji… it’s supercrass! Coming soon to a Go board near you. In this lesson, we talk about how to preserve your aji, how to discover vital points and engineer double threats, and we investigate some common patterns of play which you can use in your own games…

RIP Chris Greene – Founder of Hinoki Press

Hinoki Press founder Chris Greene passed away last Friday. Greene, who had cancer, died at home in Libertyville, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Vicky, and his daughters, Melissa and Elizabeth…

Changes to Go Game Guru in 2015

Kuro the ninja is also hard at work.

Over the last four years Go Game Guru has evolved a lot. From today, Younggil will be publishing his own articles without any help from me – the first of which will be published shortly. Jing will also start publishing her news articles without me proofreading them…

Join the American Go Association and get two months of Baduk TV English for free


Want to try Baduk TV English for free? From now until the end of January (2015), you can get two months of free access to Baduk TV English (valued at $40) when you join the American Go Association…

Murakawa Daisuke takes Oza title in surpise victory over Iyama Yuta

The Oza is Murakawa Daisuke 8 dan's first major title.

The final game of the 62nd Oza title match was played on December 16, 2014, in Japan. Murakawa Daisuke defeated Iyama Yuta with a 3-2 score, to become the new Oza title holder. The Oza is Murakawa’s first major title…